The former All Black full-back Mils Muliaina has signed to play in the first US domestic professional rugby union competition, which is set to kick off in April.

PRO Rugby will announce the move on Friday, a little over two weeks before the first round of matches. Muliaina – who is currently contracted to Zebre in Italy – will play for San Francisco.

They open the competition at Sacramento on Sunday 17 April. Ohio are at Denver the same day; San Diego will play for the first time the following weekend.


“I am delighted and looking forward to being part of rugby history in the States,” said Muliaina.

“From initially just going to study at Life West Chiropractic College in San Francisco to now being able to continue to play rugby, I am grateful that Pro Rugby and Life West Chiropractic have provided me the opportunity to do both.”

Muliaina, 35 and Samoa-born, won 100 caps for New Zealand, scoring 34 tries and captaining the team three times. The second All Black to play 100 Tests – after Richie McCaw – he was part of the squad which won the 2011 World Cup, in which his final Test was the quarter-final victory over Argentina. He also won a Commonwealth Games sevens gold medal in 2002.

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